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arkadi lavoie lachapelle
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Montreal
June 06, 2018

Born in the same year as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Polytechnique shootings, I currently live and practice in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. I have experienced a path of university and post-university education, influenced by the 2012 student movement, the complexity of intersectional feminism, and diverse spiritual practices. Since 2010, my sometimes anonymous and clandestine artistic adventures have taken place both in Canada and in small and large cities in Russia and Europe. I am involved in the organization of several events, including the VIVA! art action festival. I am one of four artists in the group exhibition WORLD CUP! on display at articule until June 17. A discussion between artist Amber Berson and me will take place this Saturday on the soccer field at Jeanne-Mance Park and I will present a final performance/soccer game on June 17 at the gallery.

1. No mining without consent!



I am grateful for the courageous and persistent struggles led by Native Nations across Canada to protect their land, water, and wildlife. This is done directly for their community but also for all of us because everything is interconnected. An example in Québec: For almost thirty years the Algonquin Nation in Barriere Lake has been fighting for an agreement with the government to protect from mining activities their ancestral and current-use territory largely located within the La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve. For more info and to support them, look here.

2. Snake shedding



Inspiring transformative process
Expressing flesh vital cycle

3. Brown garter snakes vs. the Transport Ministry


(Snake photo: Philippe Lamarre, Le devoir; interchange photo: Ivanoh Demers, La Presse)


Forty brown garter snakes helped question the impact of major urban environmental modifications (interchange Turcot, Montreal) on city “wildlife” thanks to the vigilance of (activist) biologists acting as urban biodiversity keepers. For more details, look here and here.

4. Les luttes f├ęcondes



Les luttes fécondes: libérer le désir en amour et en politique by Catherine Dorion shakes in parallel personal relationships and political institutions by seeking to put desire back into circulation in love and politics. The book is a powerful testimony and deeply thought reflection about structures that keep this fertile energy jailed and muffle metamorphoses at both levels.

5. Epistolary exchanges



In general: for their power of crossing borders and revealing textures of time. In particular: The Prisoner Correspondence Project, which is “a solidarity project for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people who are part of these same communities outside of prison.”

 

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